In a tight economy, job seekers are becoming more creative in their attempts to get hired — and in some cases, maybe too creative.
Forget about the boring advice to print your resume on off-white instead of white paper. Applicants are, apparently, way beyond that, according to a Careerbuilder.com survey in which 12% of hiring managers say they’re seeing more job seekers try unusual tactics to capture their attention.
Some go to great lengths, such as the person who advertised on a billboard.
Food is another favorite. One candidate showed up with breakfast for the employer every day until hired. Another sent a giant cookie with “Hire Skip” written in frosting.
But among those listed by Careerbuilder.com, the following are our three top job-seeking blunders:
- The candidate who brought a broom to the interview to “clean up the waste and corruption in the office.”
- The person who approached the hiring manager in the restroom.
- The applicant who promised to give the employer a foot massage if hired.
What are some of the biggest blunders you’ve witnessed from applicants? Let us know in the Comments Box below.